The Daily Journal recently interviewed Judy Williams on her legal career
as a highly talented and effective mediator, highlighting her emotional
intelligence and neutrality. Her path to becoming a compassionate and
successful mediator advocate began back in East St. Louis, where she was
born and raised. She attended the University of Illinois, graduating with
a teacher’s credential that she used to teach elementary school
throughout the country. Her and her husband finally settled down in Tennessee,
where she ran a Sylvan Learning Center franchise with a partner for 21
years. They were so successful that the corporate headquarters hired her
and her husband.
After this, Attorney Williams began to feel a pull in a different career
path. When her husband got a job in Thousand Oaks, she decided to take
an aptitude test to see what she should pursue at this new start. The
results read that she should either be a lawyer or a counselor. Attorney
Williams decided to become a lawyer, though her niche of mediation has
turned her into a bit of counselor as well. Graduating from law school
in 1995, she began taking on adoption and guardianship cases right away.
With her own three children being adopted, she believed this was meant
to be her legal practice.
Though she still handles some general family law matters, she realized
that her heart was for mediation. Attorney Williams didn’t want
to be involved in gritty litigation that often ended in frustration. Instead,
she took courses at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus
Institute for Dispute Resolution to hone her skills in this area. Soon
after, the Center for Mediated Divorce was founded.
Unique Approach to Resolving Family Disputes
Attorney Williams has worked with countless other lawyers over the years,
continually learning from her experiences. In response, many credit her
with providing them the foundation for how they should run their own family
law firms in the future. It is this passionate and caring approach that
allows her to give clients meaningful counsel.
Her approach is simple. She makes sure to always:
- Ask her clients what their bottom line is, or what they want out of the dispute
- Make sure her clients know their voices are being heard
- Remain professional, calm, and respectful
- Provide suggestions and potential solutions that meet in the middle
- Mediate when issues arise and remain patient when they cannot be resolved
Attorney Williams handles everything from mediation to cooperative and
collaborative divorces. She believes that people who use the mediation
process often come up with much better solutions to raise children and
resolve problems. At the end of the day, she cares deeply about bringing
peace to families going through difficult legal times.
Want to learn more about divorce mediation? You can
contact the Center for Mediated Divorce at any time for counsel and legal insight.